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Deputies Captured IV Woman Who Led Them on Redwood Highway Pursuit
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed an Illinois Valley woman who led deputies on a pursuit on Redwood Highway yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports 40-year-old Natassia Ann Berger was finally arrested at gunpoint at a medical clinic in Cave Junction on Wednesday at 11:10 a.m.. Deputies said they attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Berger because she failed to signal a turn while passing another vehicle. They said she refused to stop and drove recklessly at speeds well over 100 miles per hour while failing to yield for two stop signs and one red light. She also drove into oncoming traffic. Berger's vehicle was successfully spiked near Kenrose Lane and it began losing rubber as she entered Cave Junction. She stopped and was placed into custody at the clinic before being transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for evaluation. Natassia Berger was medically cleared at the hospital and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended. She was also wanted on two Josephine County felony warrants for Probation Violation related to previous arrests for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Attempted to Elude Police, Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage and Driving While Suspended. Her vehicle was towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 9/14/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Jailed Williams Man for Threatening Mother and Vandalizing Her Car
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Williams area man last night for intentionally damaging his mother's vehicle and threatening to cause her harm. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 38-year-old William George Muir for the incident in the 900-block of Tetherow Road on Wednesday at 8:21 p.m.. Deputies said the incident began at 4:45 p.m. when Muir called 9-1-1 to report that his mother assaulted him with a deadly weapon. An investigation revealed that the woman hit her son with a wooden spoon to defend herself so she could escape. Further investigation revealed that Muir broke out a window on his mother's car and poured motor oil all over the interior of the vehicle. The suspect also threw items at his mother and her car. When asked by deputies what happened, Muir stated that barnyard animals had keyed the car and broke the window. William Muir was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Menacing and Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 9/14/23 11:25AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man for Causing Violent Disturbance at Downtown Safeway
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a violent disturbance at the Safeway store in the downtown area last night. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 35-year-old Travis Carrasco Boget for the incident at the supermarket on SE 7th Street at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Boget returned to Safeway after having been previously trespassed from the store. They said he acted in a tumultuous manner by screaming, yelling and making threats, causing alarm to employees who called 9-1-1. He stopped after being surrounded by officers and was placed into custody without further incident. Officers said it was obvious Boget was under the influence of narcotics, but he denied taking any recreational drugs. However, he was found with a small amount of methamphetamine which was seized for destruction. Travis Boget was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass and the narcotics violation.
Posted on 9/14/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Woman for Felony Warrant & Drug Possession at Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman on a local felony warrant and for narcotics possession during a patrol check at Baker Park early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers contacted 36-year-old Talia L. Chambers in a tent on the back wall near the tree line at the city park on Wednesday at 8 a.m.. Police said Chambers was found to be wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. They said she admitted to using methamphetamine and fentanyl the night before. She was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for an evaluation and a nurse found drug items in her handbag. They were seized for destruction. Talia Chambers was cited to appear in court for the warrant and drug violations. She was released to the care of hospital staff.
Posted on 9/14/23 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Man for Impaired Driving after Interstate 5 Stop near Hugo
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for impaired driving early yesterday after a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Hugo area. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Honda Civic driven by 60-year-old Michael Gene Aaron in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 67 around 9:55 a.m. Wednesday. Troopers said they stopped Aaron for traffic violations and he showed strong signs of impairment. He performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a positive breath sample. Michael Aaron was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Speeding. He was cited to appear in court and released, but his car was impounded.
Posted on 9/14/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Incident Commanders Bracing for Critical Fire Weather on Smith River Complex
Incident commanders have been bracing for critical fire weather on the Smith River Complex after a Red Flag Warning was posted for the area yesterday. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team reported this morning that the wildfire complex had grown to 87,739 acres while containment increased to 32%. Just over 11,300 acres of the two-state complex is in southwest Oregon. There was a total of 1,715 personnel assigned to the complex today. Managers said there was moderate fire activity in the Taylor Creek drainage with good consumption of fuels and air operations assisting with water drops. Firing operations on the northwest side of the fire were nearing completion. Elevated temperatures and lowered fuel moistures will persist in the fire area with northeast winds. Increased fire activity is anticipated, but fire managers don't expect a challenge to existing containment lines. With clearing skies, high-level haze and visible smoke columns can be expected from the Smith River Complex. East winds are pushing smoke offshore, but there will be some nighttime pooling of smoke between Cave Junction and O'Brien. There is a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice for the Illinois Valley south of Cave Junction and east of US Highway 199. There is a Level 2 "Be Set" notice still in effect for the southern Illinois Valley west of Highway 199.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Report Man Died When Raft Flipped Over in Rogue River near Gold Hill
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is reporting a man died after his raft flipped over this week in the Rogue River near Gold Hill. On Tuesday around 3:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies and fire personnel responded to a call for a water rescue in the Rogue in the area of Ti'lomikh Falls. Emergency dispatchers received the call after a local guiding company raft flipped in the rapids and a 69-year-old man had a medical emergency. Bystanders started CPR until first responders from Jackson County Fire District #3 and Mercy Flights arrived to take over. A Jackson County Fire District #1 rescue boat transported the patient to a waiting ambulance, which brought the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 4:50 p.m.. Sheriff's officials said their condolences go out to the man's family and friends. Out of respect for his family during this difficult time, they will not be releasing the name of the deceased. The Sheriff's Office is conducting a continuing investigation into the man's death.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Threatening His Twin Brother during Home Argument
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for threatening his twin brother during a verbal altercation that occurred this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 30-year-old Dylan John Krehbiel at a residence in the 900-block of NW B Street late Tuesday afternoon. Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report that he became involved in an argument with his twin brother Dylan Krehbiel. During the altercation, the suspect brother used slurs to insult him and told him he would slit his throat. The victim said he'd never seen his brother act this way and he was so disturbed by his behavior and level of anger, he hid all the knives in the house and called law enforcement. Upon arrival, officers interviewed both parties before placing Krehbiel into custody. Dylan Krehbiel was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Menacing.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Noise Complaint in Downtown GP Led to Apprehension of Statewide Fugitive
An early morning noise complaint in downtown Grants Pass yesterday led to the apprehension of a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers responded to the complaint at the Dutch Bros stand in the Town Center Plaza on Wednesday around 12:50 a.m.. Police said a caller reported that a male subject was standing near the coffee stand yelling profanities at the top of his lungs. The caller was worried the man -- later identified as 42-year-old Jesse Curtis Heapes -- was dangerous. Officers responded, contacted Heapes and discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous conviction for Felony Intimidation. He was placed into custody without further incident. Jesse Heapes was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Arrested Man for Crimes Committed at Child Care Center
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for multiple crimes this week after he caused a disturbance at a local child daycare center. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 49-year-old John Richard Knapp at the Critter Campus on NE 7th Street Tuesday afternoon. Police said an employee called 9-1-1 to report that Knapp refused to leave the daycare facility and when asked to do so, he exposed himself and spit on the owner's vehicle. The caller advised children were still there waiting for their parents to pick them up. The suspect had moved to grassy area and laid down. Upon arrival, officers contacted Knapp and placed him into custody. He was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct, Public Indecency, 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. He was also trespassed from Critter Campus.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Hidden Valley High School Student Arrested for Making Bomb Threat in Class
A Hidden Valley High School student was arrested this week for making a threat in one of his classes. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to the incident at the high school on Murphy Creek Road on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies said the 15-year-old boy passed a note in class stating that he had a bomb in his backpack, which caused panic and alarm at the school. They said the student was searched by HVHS staff, but they did not locate any explosives or weapons. Upon contact with deputies, the student said he was making a joke when he passed the ill-advised note. School staff and law enforcement did not find it funny. The student was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center for 1st-Degree Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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California Section of US Highway 199 to be Closed Twice Daily to Finish Wildfire Repairs
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Starting today, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office will shut down a section of US Highway 199 twice a day in order to complete repairs to the roadway due to damage from the Smith River Complex. Redwood Highway will be closed from the Collier Tunnel to Patrick's Creek from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The highway will be open to one-way controlled traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday until further notice. US Highway 199 will be open to one-way controlled traffic on Saturdays, Sundays and before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to one-hour delays during all open hours. Caltrans will continue to pilot southbound traffic from Oregon Mountain Road to Patrick's Creek and northbound traffic from Patrick's Creek to Oregon Mountain Road. By "timing it right" to arrive slightly before and during these open windows, travel impacts can be greatly reduced as crews continue their work on the highway. The work on Highway 199 involves the removal of hazardous trees, repairing and replacing damaged guardrails, and slope stabilization due to damage from the fires. By closing this section of highway to motorists for short periods, the contractors can focus on completing the necessary repairs to get the road fully reopened before the rainy season begins. This plan is subject to change if there is a safety risk to the traveling public and/or contractors.
Posted on 9/14/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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